MIAMI (October 2019) – As alluring a destination as ever, Greater Miami and the Beaches continues to evolve and enhance tourism infrastructure, investing millions in cruise lines, airlines, hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, family attractions and a new $620M reimagined Miami Beach Convention Center. Here is an update on the latest news in Greater Miami and the Beaches:
Beginning this October, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) will introduce the latest addition to the Miami Temptations program, Miami Entertainment Months. Designed to highlight the range of cultural, sports, arts and entertainment events in Miami and its surrounding area, this two-month promotion, which is available from October 1 to November 30, 2019, will give visitors and locals alike exclusive promotions to a variety of events and activities in every corner of Greater Miami and the Beaches. From Downtown Miami’s Miami Heat games, to the Miami Smooth Jazz Festival in South Dade, Miami Entertainment Months has something for everyone across the destination. For more information, visit MiamiTemptations.com
A record number of 6,013,746 cruise passengers traveled through PortMiami in 2018 – more than any port in the world. Over twenty cruise brands offer itineraries to the Caribbean, South America and beyond.
New Ship Arrivals to PortMIAMI
· MSC Meraviglia, MSC, November 10, 2019
· Norwegian Encore, Norwegian Cruise Line, November 17, 2019
· Scarlet Lady, Virgin Voyages, April 1, 2020
Miami international Airport (MIA)
MIA welcomed 22.8 million passengers in 2018 (11.2 million international arrivals and 11.6 million domestic arrivals). MIA continues to attract new airline carriers as well as introduce new international routes through existing airline partners. MIA is home to more than 100 airlines, more than any other U.S. airport.
New scheduled Service in 2019/2020:
US/DomesticFrontier AirlinesLas Vegas, Nevada - September 10, 2019Cincinnati, Ohio - October 10, 2019Cleveland, Ohio - October 10, 2019Chicago, Illinois - November 14, 2019Hartford, Connecticut - November 14, 2019New York City (La Guardia)- November 14, 2019Boston, Massachussetts - November 15, 2019Detroit, Michigan - November 15, 2019San Juan, Puerto Rico - November 15, 2019American Airlines:Columbia, South Carolina - December 18, 2019Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - December 18, 2019Highfill, Arkansas (Northwest Arkansas Airport) - December 18, 2019Europe:LOT Polish Airlines: Warsaw, Poland - June 1, 2019Norwegian Airlines: London, England (Gatwick)- March 31, 2019Corsair Fly: Paris, France - June 10, 2019
Latin America/South America:American Airlines: Cordoba, Argentina - June 7, 2019
Emerging Markets:Royal Air Maroc: Casablanca, Morocco - April 3, 2019
COOL CUISINE AND NIGHT LIFE
The Lincoln Eatery, Miami Beach’s first modern food hall, has announced the grand opening of its rooftop, slated to debut in late October. With more than 3,320 square feet and seating for more than 150, the rooftop terrace will boast unapparelled views of the Magic City’s skyline. The new rooftop’s sleek design will complement the eatery’s existing indoor decor, outfitted with polished concrete floors and glossy subway tiles. Conceptualized by Terranova Corporation’s very own Vice President of Development, Josh Gelfman, the rooftop design will incorporate lush greenery around the terrace for added warmth. Additionally, the space will feature custom-made wooden seating adorned with plush lounge seating and tables. Lending to the space’s sexy yet inviting atmosphere, the rooftop will be illuminated with lanterns and candles. Developed by real-estate company Terranova Corporation, The Lincoln Eatery has found success in bringing never-before-seen concepts to the neighborhood. The rooftop space will be a welcome addition to the well-loved food hall and will invite locals and tourists alike to enjoy the eatery’s wide-ranging food and drink offerings while taking in the breathtaking sights. For more information, visit LincolnEatery.com
Bartaco has brought its unique and fresh dining to Aventura. Inspired by the beach culture of Brazil, Uruguay and Southern California, bartaco presents diners with a broad palette of flavors with a focus on fresh and bold ingredients. Bartaco is more than just a restaurant, it is an experience. The airy ambience sets the stage for an inviting and easy-going culinary journey filled with fresh, delicious food and artfully crafted cocktails, all while connecting with the neighborhood’s local community. Aligned with a healthy, outdoor lifestyle, Bartaco combines fresh, upscale street food with a coastal vibe in a relaxed environment. The restaurant’s specialty cocktails are crafted with fresh-squeezed juices, while the rustic design complements the spirited bold and bright flavors of Bartaco’s eclectic menu. The stylish ambience, cocktails, and freshly prepared tacos and “not tacos” create an unforgettable experience. Bartaco is located at 2906 NE 207th Street, Suite 104 Aventura, FL 33180, and is open Sunday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 11 to 12 a.m. For more information, visit Bartaco.com
The opening bar team behind the famed Employees Only Miami opened Swizzle Rum Bar & Drinkery in the Stiles Hotel on Collins Avenue in September. The intimate and sophisticated craft cocktail bar features a selection of more than 150 rums, a New York City meets Miami vibe and drinks that will appeal to both the casual consumer and the cocktail connoisseur. The menu at Swizzle Rum Bar & Drinkery will include a versatile cocktail list, with a large focus on classic and contemporary cocktails, as well as a mix of spirit forward cocktails and refreshing tropical drinks, plus elevated bar bites. Swizzle Rum Bar & Drinkery is located at The Stiles Hotel at 1120 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, and is open daily from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. For more information, visitSwizzleRumBarDrinkery.com
Dominic Cavagnuolo, the man behind popular eatery Lucali, will be bringing the brands casual dining concept, DC PIE Co. by Lucali, to Miami’s Brickell neighborhood and South Beach in the Fall of 2019. In a nod to the times, guests will place their orders on tableside tablets, setting the scene for a fun and interactive dining experience, while remaining true to the quality fresh cult-classic culinary offerings that made the brand famous. Adjacent to the main dining room, Dom´s Bar will serve a selection of specialty cocktails. DC PIE CO. Brickell will be located at 1010 Brickell Ave. For more information, please visit DCPieCo.com
David Grutman has added another restaurant to the expanding Groot Hospitality portfolio with the debut of Papi Steak, in partnership with David “Papi” Einhorn. Papi Steak fuses Grutman’s flair for mixing high-style design, and an edgy eclectic vibe with Papi’s passion for steak. In addition to the traditional signature Papi Steak Ribeye, the menu represents a modern, elevated spin on classic dishes, including prime meats grilled to order. Already a go-to restaurant for celebs including JLo, Drake and French Montana guests can expect to be treated like an A-lister while dining amongst them. For more information, visit PapiSteak.com
ATTRACTION ACTION AND SPECIAL EVENTS
Starting this November, Miami will be home to PY1, a pyramid-shaped entertainment venue that utilizes cutting edge technology to deliver dazzling art shows and experiences. Envisioned by innovative entrepreneur and Cirque Du Soleil co-founder Guy Laliberté, the pyramid venue will make its debut at Island Gardens on Watson Island. After launching PY1 in Old Montreal, Canada this summer, PY1 will now bring to Miami a custom production called Through the Echoes. This unique 50-minute show captures the evolution of life from the Big Bang to today. By utilizing sweeping visuals, soundscapes, lasers, 360-degree projections, and atmospheric special effects, PY1 offers the audience a one-of-a-kind experience that bridges the realms of art and technology. For the first time ever, PY1 will also kick-off a new family focused show that transports guests through space and time, encouraging children and adults to dance through the decades. Additionally, PY1 will introduce on select dates PY1 Nights, a reimagined nightlife concept that invites guests to delve into one of our seven themed worlds. Featuring concepts like Candy World and Astral Plane, guests can dress according to theme and enjoy a night of electronic music played by local artists. Tickets for PY1 Through the Echoes are now available at PY1.com & Ticketmaster starting at $40. Family shows and PY1 Nights go on sale starting October. For more information, visit PY1.com.
The City of Sunny Isles Beach now offers Wi-Fi in nine of the 11 city parks and on all SIBshuttle buses. The beach is approximately 2.5 miles long with 10 lifeguard stands dispersed throughout. Sunny Isles Beach attracts more than 23,000 residents in the City and nearly one million visitors each year, many of which flock there for the beach. So naturally, offering free Wi-Fi for residents and visitors on the beach was an exciting prospect. The city utilized the existing wireless communication that connected other City facilities to implement wireless Wi-Fi on the beach. The city equipped seven out of the 10 lifeguard towers along the beach with solar powered units that serve as the access points for power and link the towers. Equipping Wi-Fi on the beach cost approximately $75,000, with $10,000 allocated per lifeguard tower installation. Since 2018 nearly the entire stretch of the beach has access to free city Wi-Fi. Two additional lifeguard stations will be equipped with solar panels in the future as one is in the process of being rebuilt and another is going to be moved. Once the work on these two lifeguard towers is finalized, there will be total Wi-Fi coverage along the beach. For more information, visit SunnyIslesBeachMiami.com
Umbrellas of Little Havana Art Festival is a celebration of Art Basel Miami in historic Calle 8, Little Havana. This unique street festival, produced by Pati Vargas Entertainment, welcomes over 40 artists who paint patio umbrellas that adorn Futurama Art Galleries on Calle 8’s art district for 3 days while showcasing their art for sale -- a true unique festival with art, music, dance, live painting, children’s booth, fashion shows and so much more. The event is free to families and all that want to enjoy one of the best festivals in South Florida. The festival dates are Friday – Sunday, December 6-8, 2019 from 10 am to 5:30 pm. For more information, visit PatiVargasEnt.com
ARTECHOUSE Miami, the second permanent location of the leading digital art presenter in the United States, will bring Refik Anadol’s exhibition Infinite Space to Miami Beach this October. The exhibition is the first major retrospective from the Los Angeles-based, Turkish-born artist Refik Anadol. The exhibition opens to the public on October 5, 2019 and will run through Spring of 2020. The exhibit features Anadol’s world-renowned immersive installation “Infinity Room”. This exhibition presents guests with an opportunity to step into a world where shapes and colors convey complex messages and ideas, inviting them to dance through layers of flowing patterns or become drenched in beams of light. Additionally, this Art Basel, ARTECHOUSE Miami will host a one-of-a-kind augmented reality exhibit called Mirages & Miracles, powered by French artist collective Adrien M. & Claire B. The unique exhibit will allow guests to interact with art pieces that are enhanced with AR in ARTECHOUSE adjacent space located across the street from their Miami Beach location. Ranging from small to large-scale work, this corpus of installations offers a delicate coincidence between the virtual and the material using augmented drawings, holographic illusions, virtual-reality headsets, large-scale projections. To celebrate the exhibition opening, ARTECHOUSE will extend complimentary daytime admission to guests with a pass to Art Basel Miami, PULSE Miami Beach, Aqua Art Miami, Art Miami, Spectrum Miami, Context, Design Miami and SCOPE. The exhibition will open to the public on Friday, December 6. For more information,
New to Miami Beach this fall: FIBO USA is an industry summit, education program, and fitness festival all in one heart-pounding experience happening October 17-19, 2019 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Backed by the long-running success of FIBO Global Fitness—the world’s leading event for the fitness industry—FIBO USA has arrived to help you enhance your health and fitness performance, both personally and professionally. Whether you’re a seasoned instructor, a sought-after club manager, or a fitness fanatic, at FIBO USA you’ll find what you need to reach your goals. With cutting-edge group fitness classes, future-focused education, electric interactive experiences, and an exhibit hall featuring the freshest innovations shaping the marketplace, you’ll be ready to move to the next level. Register today for $15 off at FiboUSA2019.com/GMCVB0
Debuting October 18th at Faena Theater, “The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover” produced by Alan Faena in collaboration with Unigram Theatrical is a thrilling, sadistic and immersive stage production that challenges guests to question their everyday morals and deepest human instincts through spectacular performance, world-class dining, reimagined pop music, choreography and more. Based on the critically acclaimed film by Peter Greenaway, this intoxicating revenge tragedy follows the tumultuous relationship between an ill-mannered restaurant owner, the Thief, and his Wife, who has a wandering eye. Presented in collaboration with Faena, “The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover” takes place in a dazzling recreation of Le Hollandais restaurant, where guests are invited to feast with the cast as the savage story unfolds. An extravagant, three-course menu crafted by James Beard winner and iconic Miami chef, Michelle Bernstein, will delight the senses with a playful homage to classic French and European cuisine – all with a South Florida twist and dramatic flair. For more information, visit FaenaTheater.com
Take a memorable journey through Jungle Island at night during the first-ever Luminosa Festival of Lights. This captivating Instagram-worthy experience will span 13 of the park’s lush 18 acres and will feature hundreds of giant lanterns - beautifully hand-crafted out of colorful silk by the world’s top Chinese Lantern Festival creators. The festival paints a magical story of the jungle, its wildlife, birds & blooms, and Biscayne Bay, while showcasing the exciting transformation of South Florida’s popular eco-adventure attraction. A few of the visual delights will include a life-sized demure cassowary and striking silk parrots, a sea of glowing jellyfish, and panoramic reinterpretations of several iconic Miami destinations. You don’t want to miss this nighttime spectacle! The cost is $35 per adult and $30 per child (3-10 years old). Save 20% with the purchase of early bird tickets. In time for the holiday season and Art Basel, Luminosa will be open to the public from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily, through January 8, 2020. For more information, visit JungleIsland.com
Getting around Miami has never been easier with Lyft Scooters, which are a fun, affordable, and sustainable option to get to all your favorite destinations. Since launching in April 2019, Lyft Scooters have been taken for more than 300,000 rides, reaffirming consumers desire for reliable transportation alternatives. Lyft Scooters can currently be found across Downtown Miami’s Edgewater, Brickell and Coconut Grove neighborhoods. Additionally, the latest iteration to Lyft’s “Shared” option, Shared Saver provides the most affordable Lyft ride yet. By walking just a few blocks riders can help ensure drivers are taking the most efficient route to their destination and, in return, see fares significantly lower than Lyft’s other rideshare offerings. And with less surge pricing for Shared Saver rides, South Florida Lyft riders will always lock in lower prices. This more-accessible option is available throughout all South Florida.
For more information, visitLyft.com